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Judalana lutea

Fact Box
Species:
Judalana lutea
(ID by M. Rix, WA Museum)
Family:
Salticidae
Body length:
female: 4 mm
male: 3 mm
Habitat:
This species is found in open forests in South Queensland and seems to have a fondness for acacia bushes on which an ant with a similar appearance can be found
Toxicity:
This salticid is probably too small to present a significant hazard to any human but its bite will probably lead to local inflammation and pain
Judalana lutea
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View from above
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Front view

This species, though very small, is relatively easy to recognise because its body shape is typical of a salticid ant mimic but it has a distinctive yellow and black colour scheme on its abdomen. Like some other ant mimics of this family there is a stiff brush of hairs on the underside of the tibia on the first pair of legs, but the male of Judalana lutea also has a spur on the upper front side of each chelicera.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Several other ant-mimicking salticid species, especially Rhombonotus gracilis and Ligonipes semitectus.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 4 March 2010.